Britain's Abyssinian Campaign

Jarvis, Stephen
September 2005
Military History;Sep2005, Vol. 22 Issue 6, p46
Recounts the challenges faced by Sir Robert Cornelis Napier, local commander of the army of the Bombay Presidency, in leading an expedition aiming to free the European diplomats being held hostage by Abyssinian Emperor Negus Theodore II in the 1860s. Reasons of Theodore for hostaging Europeans; Tactic of Theodore to encourage Abyssinians to fight against the British forces; Factors considered by Napier group in choosing the route to Arogee Valley; Advantages of the breechloading Snider rifle of the British forces.


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